New recruits eager to help the community

New Fairfield probationary constables Frankie Cirillo, Trent Galli, Marigona Haxhnikaj and Leon Griffen.
New Fairfield probationary constables Frankie Cirillo, Trent Galli, Marigona Haxhnikaj and Leon Griffen.

Fairfield City Police Area Command welcomed four new recruits this week as part of graduating Class 349.

New Fairfield probationary constables Frankie Cirillo, Trent Galli, Marigona Haxhnikaj and Leon Griffen hit the beat this week after being sworn in by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller in a private attestation ceremony on Friday.

The 226 new probationary constables of class 349 will undertake a year of on-the-job training and complete the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education before being confirmed to the rank of constable.

Marigona, 19, a former gymnastics coach, she said wanted to join the police force to help the community.

When asked what excites her about working in Fairfield she said: "The community and the Fairfield team."

For Trent, 26, he said the first few days on the job were "daunting, information overload and exciting all in one."

A carpenter by trade and a retained firefighter, he said it felt "emotional" to throw his cap in the air and graduate.

"It was my life's dream coming true," he said.

When welcoming the recruits of Class 349, Commissioner Fuller said police have played a "vital role" in leading the community through the pandemic.

"I have been extraordinarily proud of the dedication and service of all of my men and women in blue," Commissioner Fuller said.

"I commend our newest probationary constables for embarking on a career in policing.

"The challenges they will face may not yet be known, but I can assure them that they will part of a large policing family. They have just reached an important milestone in what will no doubt be a very rewarding career."

Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said: "Congratulations to the men and women of class 349, who graduate and will join the NSW Police Force at its strongest and most efficient. We wish our newest recruits well for the future as they embark on a rewarding career."

Following the attestation parade, the first sod was turned on the site for the new $25 million Goulburn Police Station, which will be located on the ground of the NSW Police Force Academy.